Casey Anthony Prosecutors Missed Bombshell: Report
WKMG reports on overlooked evidence
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2012 10:37 AM CST
In this July 7, 2011 file photo, Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, File)

(Newser) – Prosecutors overlooked a bombshell piece of evidence in the Casey Anthony case, Orlando's WKMG claims. On the day of daughter Caylee's death, someone did a computer search for "fool-proof suffication [sic]" and accessed an article that recommended using poison. Anthony lawyer Jose Baez was aware of the computer activity, and planned to say Casey's father, George, was responsible for the searches because he was thinking of killing himself after Caylee accidentally drowned. But the Orange County Sheriff's Office failed to give prosecutors the evidence, and WKMG's investigation reveals Casey was most likely the one searching.

The searches were done while cellphone records show Casey was likely home. They were done on Firefox, a browser primarily used by Casey, and MySpace was accessed a minute after the "suffication" search—that's a site Casey, not George, used often. "We were waiting for the state to bring it up," Baez tells the station. "And when they didn't, we were kind of shocked." WKMG blames "woefully incomplete information" from the sheriff's office for the fact that prosecutors never even saw the evidence; it apparently only turned over Internet Explorer browser history from that day. "It's just a shame we didn't have it. This certainly would have put the accidental death claim in serious question," the trial prosecutor says. A sheriff's captain calls the lapse "an oversight" and says it's been "a learning experience." Click for the complete investigation.

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Feb 23, 2013 10:35 PM CST
As a disgusting piece of garbage that Casey Anthony is, Her soul less lawyer makes my skin crawl! unless this man is a total simpleton unable to tie his own shoe's, which I would be willing to hear arguments for! then this low life evil soul knows this evil witch killed and probably tortured her own baby daughter and defends her and gets her off then brags about it and now brags about how he already was going to just lie about other evidence and blame it on her Father! what a low life! If i ever saw this guy I would knock him out and be willing to pay any price I had to pay for doing it! I agree a lawyer needs to protect his or client from the law! but that doesn't give them the right to circumvent and exploit it in ways that allow cold blooded child killers to walk free and laugh at the justice system while there soul less lawyers walk around bragging about it!
Nov 27, 2012 12:59 AM CST
I thought there was ample evidence to convict her without this. The simple fact that she didn't even report her missing would be a good sign of guilt in itself. This worthless POS will get her's in the end.
Nov 25, 2012 8:49 PM CST
I've always wondered if her father or brother were involved.